By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Every June, the Ohio Cobra Club holds its annual car show in conjunction with London’s Strawberry Festival. And every fall, the club presents donations to the city and county in appreciation for accommodating the show.
At the Nov. 21 London City Council meeting, Rob Pierce, president of the Ohio Cobra Club, presented $1,000 to the London Police Department, $1,000 to the London Fire Department, and $500 to the Madison County Sheriff’s DARE program.
Pierce said members of the club have a two-pronged mission: to have fun with their cars (Shelby Cobra replicas) and to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“There’s never a day in the year we accomplish our mission better than (at the Strawberry Festival),” he said.
On the Saturday of the festival, the Cobras parade into town via Main Street, then park in front of the Madison County Courthouse for the day. Club members show off their cars, take festival visitors for burnout rides down Main Street for donations, and sell merchandise and raffle tickets for a Cobra kit car.
This year, the club raised $50,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
George Daulton, club vice president, advertises the car raffle and the show throughout the year at different events around the country.
“Everywhere I go, everyone looks forward to coming to London,” he said.
The show attracts hundreds of Cobra enthusiasts from throughout the United States and Canada. This year, visitors even made the trip from Australia, Daulton said.
The 2014 London Strawberry Festival is slated for June 19-21. The Cobra show will take place on June 21.